November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

Photo By: Jewish Voice for Peace

I am a singer and a rabbi, and I would rather sing to you right now, because you have probably read too many words, heard too much raw speech, about Israel and Gaza. It would be better to sooth and distract. But I feel compelled to find words. Just words.

Biblical verses and fragments of songs jostle for recognition and repetition, but I can’t hear then clearly enough. Instead, I’m trapped in the compulsion to read every report, go to every web site.

"Anarchism Today" By: Randall Amster

From our audio archives: This past summer, on July 12th, 2012, Randall Amster, author of a new volume on anarchism, spoke at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse. This volume is entitled Anarchism Today. It explores the movement's vivid history and resurgent relevance for addressing today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

"Don't Leave Your Friends Behind" By: Victoria Law and China Martens

As a late twenty-something childless feminist organizer, I was super excited to read Victoria Law and China Martens's new book Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities. Martens is a local Baltimore organizer and I have a sincere respect for the work that she does. Law is a rightly renowned prison justice activist and likewise I have nothing but respect for her and her work.

Participants creating signs at the Walmart protest. (Photo by Casey McKeel)

In recent years, Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving and the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season – has been a day of great excitement for me. I’ve been pumped about the day not because of the so-called discounts, free give-a-ways, or any other aspect of this celebration of capitalism. Black Friday has been a source of enthusiasm for me because of the grand opportunity to publicly challenge the spirit of rampant consumerism, materialism, and economic exploitation head-on.